If you've ever wanted to channel your inner Yugi or Kaiba, the time is almost here! With the brand new Egyptian God Decks dropping this week, you can build decks focused around summoning Yugi and Kaiba's true boss monsters, stronger than ever before.
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The interesting thing about the Egyptian God Decks is that they take a bit of a new spin on the concept of anime inspired decks. They aren't Yugi and Kaiba decks exactly: there's no Dark Magician or Blue-Eyes White Dragon to be found. Instead, these things are built and designed to summon either Slifer the Sky Dragon or Obelisk the Tormentor, and they're pretty focus on that.
As with any new product, we always find ourselves wondering what the best cards from these decks are. And the Egyptian God decks have a LOT of good cards for all sorts of players. Let's take a dive into some of the best picks from these two releases!
To start off, we're going to explore some of the new cards in the Egyptian God Decks. The two decks each have five cards that are new to the TCG, for a total of nine new cards - one of them appears in both decks. The ten cards are all designed to function in their specific strategies, and a few of them even go a bit further, in that you could use them in a The Winged Dragon of Ra deck as well.
Both decks include a copy of Soul Crossing, which is a powerful Quick-Play Spell. Take a second to check out what it does.
That's a pretty neat trick! Applying the effect of cards like The Monarchs Stormforth or Soul Exchange to your opponent's whole field is crazy. When your opponent has a field full of monsters and they're in the middle of their own combo, you can activate Soul Crossing, and then Tribute Summon your Egyptian God Card immediately after, on their turn, using their essential combo pieces as tributes for your God Card!
The downside is that if you tribute your opponent's monsters you're limited in how many cards and effects you get to use until the end of the next turn. But who cares? You summoned an Egyptian God card using your opponent's monsters!
Angel O1 a free Special Summon that asks you to reveal any Level 7 or higher monster from your hand. While you control a Special Summoned copy you get an additional Tribute Summon of a Level 7 or higher monster. That can come in handy in Monarch decks, since you can reveal Ehther the Heavenly Monarch or Erebus the Underworld Monarch and go crazy, in cases where you don't have Domain of the True Monarchs to make them single tributes.
Tellus the Little Angel replaces itself with a Token Monster when it goes from the Monster Zone to the graveyard. Then, while you control a Tellus Wing Token, you can banish it from your graveyard along with a spell from your hand to summon two more Tokens!
The only downside to that second effect is that it locks you out of using your Extra Deck for the rest of the turn. I think that's a fair restriction; this card would be making a pretty fast trip to the Forbidden List otherwise. With how it's worded, it works perfectly for summoning your powerful God Cards.
Both Slifer the Sky Dragon and Obelisk the Tormentor have their own respective attacks in the anime, which you'll find adapted into Quick-Play Spells in the Egyptian God Decks.
Obelisk's Fist of Fate negates effects and destroys one monster your opponent controls while you have Obelisk the Tormentor in play. Then it continues to negate that monster sort of like Called by the Grave, and if you activated Fist of Fate during the Main Phase you also get to wipe away all of your opponent's spell and traps!
Slifer the Sky Dragon Thunderforce Attack destroys as many of your opponent's face-up monsters as possible, and if you use it during the Main Phase you also get to draw a card for each! Slifer the Sky Dragon attack is based on how many cards you have in your hand, so thanks to the Extra Monster Zone, Thunderforce Attack gives you a chance to increase your Divine-Beast's attack by 6000 in one move!
The two Egyptian God Decks are filled with powerful reprints, and while they may not all be current tournament cards, many of them are much-needed reissues. One card that has deserved the holofoil treatment for a long time is also finally getting it: Mare Mare! It hasn't seen much play since Destrudo the Lost Dragon's Frisson was Forbidden, but I'm still ecstatic that this card finally has a foil version.
Ahrima, the Wicked Warden originally came out in the Lair Of Darkness Structure Deck, and it hasn't seen a reprint since, nor even an unlimited printing. The exclusivity of a single Structure Deck printing has caused this card to settle around the $4 range. Ahrima, the Wicked Warden and Lair of Darkness both appear in the Slifer the Sky Dragon Deck.
Pot of Avarice, Book of Moon, Monster Reborn, and Enemy Controller all appear in the Egyptian God Decks. Most of them been reprinted pretty recently and still see some amount of tournament play, at least every now and then. Book of Moon is currently seeing a tournament revival, stopping decks that rely on their Normal Summon, while Pot of Avarice is a wonderful card in pure Zoodiac builds. These cards are all inexpensive already, but it doesn't hurt to have extra copies to build with.
Gizmek Uka, the Festive Fox of Fecundity
Fresh out of Eternity Code just barely a year ago, Gizmek Uka, the Festive Fox of Fecundity gets a fresh reprint as a common. This card's used to stop opponents from performing crazy combos with Crystron Halqifibrax, as once the Crystron Halqifibrax resolves you can activate Gizmek Uka, the Festive Fox of Fecundity and use its effect to Special Summon a Barrier Statue of the Torrents from your deck, shutting down Special Summons.
The original printing's not super expensive now, but it used to be a $15+ card. Eternity Code's hard to find right now, and the set was in high demand because of cards like Chamber Dragonmaid, Accesscode Talker, and the now-Forbidden Linkross. If you wanted to try out Gizmek Uka, the Festive Fox of Fecundity but the price tag kept you from doing so, now's your chance.
Condemned Witch, Forbidden Chalice, Forbidden Lance, and Forbidden Dress are all reprinted together in the Obelisk the Tormentor deck. Of the three spells, Forbidden Chalice is the only one seeing competition right now, used as an additional negate you can play on your own turn mid-combo. That's difference from cards you have to lay at the start of a combo like Infinite Impermanence. I've seen some players use Forbidden Lance as a pseudo out to Dark Ruler No More to protect their most important boss monster, too.
Finally, the most hyped-up card reprinted in the Egyptian God Decks spent the last few months above the $10 mark, and it's a must-own for competitive play: Harpie's Feather Duster. Harpie's Feather Duster appears in BOTH of the Egyptian God decks. AS A SUPER RARE!
Affordability? Check. Accessibility? Check. Printed in my favorite rarity? CHECK! This is an excellent reprint and much deserved. Harpie's Feather Duster was reprinted as a Premium Gold Rare about six months ago in Maximum Gold, but as a premium printing in a big set, it's still been pretty pricy. After a long wait, it finally appears in a super-easy-to-get form that's sure to look amazing!
The Egyptian God Decks are almost here, and I can't wait to get my hands on them: I'm excited to try and build decks around both Egyptian Gods. We've already seen some of the newer cards in Japan's Prismatic God Box, but it'll be super cool to have them here, playable in the TCG by the end of the week.